Woodberry Wetlands Blog: February 2020

The Return of London Guitar Night

Presented by The Chris Woods Orchestra and kindly sponsored by G7th Capo Company.

The plan was simple… ‘Bring together the best touring guitarists and musicians with local six string legends in a stunning London venue’ The event has become a hub for all things guitar and has hosted some great musicians of all different genres. Guitar is the focal point that pulls everything together, and that’s what makes it so varied. From jazz trios to singer-songwriters, virtuoso instrumental guitarists to minimalist guitar orchestras. The London Guitar Night has had it all…

This seasons Line Up:
March 1st:
Tommy Loose – Harp guitarist and percussive master
Misery Guts – Sensitive and beautiful songs from voice and resonator
Flo Perlin
– Minimalist guitar accompaniment that will make you weep, all with stunning vocals

April 5th:
Iago Banet – Astounding picker
Jon Coley – Soulful beyond words. Songwriter and guitarist.

May 3rd:
Juan Manuel Ruiz – Virtuoso finger picking from Spain
Copper Viper  – Acoustic Folk duo of guitar and mandolin that are likely to change your life

Fireside Sounds

Thursdays: March 12th, April 9th, May 14th

February marks the return of ticketed events to the Coal House Café at Woodberry Wetlands. Our spring season will be ignited by Fireside Sounds– bought to you in association with Beatnik Events. Gather around a warming fire with friends and family. Enjoy a Baileys Hot Chocolate or Rum Hot Toddy, and snack on a vegan toastie whilst listening to some fantastic musicians in the foreground of the expansive waters of the East Reservoir.

Fireside Sounds is such a special event! Attendees have described Fireside Sounds as:

highly recommend if you want to hear top quality music, and enjoy nature!” -Ellora

Everyone I met was friendly, passionate about music and supporting the Wetland’s and the environment was extraordinary made extra special by the fire as the sun went down” -Ian

“world class performers, and really likeable! Thanks for making us laugh and providing such a high standard of talent!” -Shireen

This event has very limited capacity due to its bespoke nature. To purchase your tickets please click here.


Sunset Sounds

Thursdays: February 27th, March 26th, April 23rd, May 28th.

See the Coal House transformed from a café into an intimate events space once again; hosted by Beatnik Events’ Russell Swallow, Sunset Sounds offers diverse styles of music every month from acapella trios to solo cellos. Sunset Sounds is a fantastic way to re-energise before the last day of the week, to treat yourself to a glass of wine and exciting performances and to meet some new friends who share your interest in music and nature.

Olli described Sunset Sounds as: “packed with talent put together by a host who seems to really care for live music in London

Whilst Josephine had “A breathtakingly brilliant and beautiful evening. An uplifting, community spirited evening in a wonderful natural location with fantastic music from up-coming independent artists“.

Book your now to Avoid disappointment; tickets are available here!

Winter opening times

The site opening times are now:

East entrance (New River Studio gate): 9am-4pm

Green gate: 9am – 4pm

West entrance (Coal House gate) and boardwalk: 9am – 4:30pm

Coal House Cafe: 9am-4pm (kitchen closes 3:30pm)


Our volunteers are the force that helps us achieve the essential conservation work needed to manage our nature reserve; hardworking, committed, reliable and passionate about wildlife and nature are all things that can be said about the volunteers.

Since the opening of Woodberry Wetlands in 2016, and even before, a lot of them have been offering their time and effort while away from their homes to help in the maintenance of the site and preservation of London’s wildlife. The time spent working together creates bonds and allows for sharing ideas and life experiences with each other which in many cases blossomed into strong friendships.

As a charity, London Wildlife Trust would not be able to achieve the bulk of the practical conservation work without the help offered by the volunteers, so, to every single one of them, we say thank you very much. As well as practical conservation volunteers, we’re also looking for outdoor learning volunteers to help with any of the sessions listed in the Outdoor Learning section of the newsletter. No experience needed, just lots of enthusiasm! If you are interested in volunteering at Woodberry Wetland please email: volunteering@woodberrywetlands.org.uk

Outdoor Learning

At Woodberry Wetlands we engage with younger members of the community and their families through our Outdoor Learning programme. We offer curriculum linked school visits throughout the year; even in the colder months pupils can enjoy exploring in nature and observe the change of seasons. To encourage school groups to get outside in winter we’re offering 30% off school visits in November-January. For more information click here.

We cater for under 5’s with our weekly Nature Tots Forest School programme where younger children explore the nature reserve every week with their parents/carers. Children have hands-on experiences with wildlife, holding minibeasts such as worms, slugs and snails and looking in the pond to see what they can discover. Children develop their confidence and connection with nature. Nature Tots runs on Wednesday and Thursday mornings during term time. For more information click here.

We also hold free fun family learning activities throughout the year for all the community. Our Wonderful Wildlife Weekend sessions happen every Saturday. From 10.00am-12.00pm, join us by the Education Ponds to explore different habitats to discover the smaller wildlife living at Woodberry Wetlands. From 1.00pm-3.00pm, meet by the Coal House café for an afternoon of nature themed crafts. These sessions are drop-in and suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The New River Studio

Located at the East Gate entrance to Woodberry Wetlands, the New River Studio is a completely private and self-contained facility which may be hired during the day during the reserve’s opening hours. Featuring reconfigurable tables and chairs, A/V facilities, WiFi, kitchenette, toilets and a sizable private garden, the studio makes the perfect location for a conference or team meeting. It also serves as an excellent base for children’s birthday and wildlife activity parties.

To book the New River Studio please go to our online booking page here.



The Coal House stocks a selection of items available for purchase, products inspired by wildlife, making perfect gifts for nature lovers.
Browse for unique presents next time you visit, such a local honey and handcrafted jewellery, supporting London Wildlife Trust with each purchase.

Posted on February 25th 2020